SGLI may be converted to Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI), which provides renewable term coverage to:
- 1. Veterans who had full-time SGLI coverage upon release from active duty or the reserves.
- 2. Members of the Ready Reserves/National Guard with part-time SGLI coverage who incur a disability or aggravate a pre-existing disability during a period of active duty or a period of inactive duty for less than 31 days that renders them uninsurable at standard premium rates.
- 3. Members of the Individual Ready Reserve and Inactive National Guard.
SGLI can be converted to VGLI up to the amount of coverage the service member had when separated from service. Veterans who submit an application and the initial premium within 120 days of leaving the service will be covered regardless of their health. Veterans who don’t apply within this period can still convert to VGLI if they submit an application, pay the initial premium, and show evidence of insurability within one year after the end of the 120-day period. Beginning on October 1, 2011, current VGLI policyholders who are under the age of 60 and are not insured by the maximum amount of VGLI as prescribed by law will have an opportunity to increase their VGLI coverage by $25,000, once every 5 years.